Frequency response: 20Hz-20 KHz
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 90dB SPL/Mw
Microphone Pickup pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
Type: Pressure Gradient Electret Condenser
Frequency response: 50-20KHz
Sensitivity: -40dBV/Pa re: 0dB = 1 Pa, 1KHz
Test conditions: 3.0V, 2.2K Ohm
Windows 8, Windows 7, or Linux operating system
Headset and microphone inputs
RRP – R700.00
I’m definitely a function over form sort of guy when it comes to anything tech. While the Logitech G230’s are definitely attractive and modern-looking. with their red-on-black finish, it’s the non-aesthetic design that impresses me most with the G230’s.
Firstly the plastics do not feel cheap, rather sturdy actually, and there are no flimsy bits. Even the adjustable microphone is firm – flexible but firm. Even the plastic headband is sturdy – the plastic band slides on a metal band. I was particularly impressed to find that the cloth ear-cups are removable, so all importantly, washable. The earpieces can swivel 180 degrees, so extremely comfortable and adjustable to any position on or off your head.
There are two, simple but brilliant, features that absolutely blew me away. Firstly, so simple but so handy, is a clip on the back of the volume control. I have tested many headsets, and none thought of this handy little addition. So you can clip it on your shirt – never having to feel around for the remote. This is handy as I generally game in the dark “man cave” (ED – girly lounge). The second little touch that really impressed me is that the cord is threaded, like a shoelace. What does this mean? The cord does not tangle and knot nowhere nearly as easily as normal, plastic-rubberised chords. The thread withstands getting tangled as easily, and if it does, it’s easy to unravel. Nothing irritates me more than tangled chords, and this normally leads to bigger problems. For this reason alone, the Logitech G230’s should last and more importantly, not frustrate as much.
At around the R700.00 price-bracket, it’s not always possible to find a perfect all-rounder, ask me I know. I have used a top-end brand that sounded like a dream, but with its cheapened finishing, the headset lasted a year.
Enter the Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset, and I am starting to believe “cheap” doesn’t necessarily mean compromised. Let me get straight to it with the performance – the G230 delivers a crisp, detailed, punchy full stereo sound that is not lacking in bass or the mid and high ranges, sounding particularly good with gaming (not the best for music). The 40m drivers’ sound does bleed or distort at extreme volume, but with any sort of realistic to high volume, the G230’s do not falter. You can also always tell the quality of a driver, with how they become tiresome to listen to at high volume, something I cannot falter with the G230’s.
The G230 stereo headset can also connect straight to your screen (TV) thanks to the 3.5mm micro-jack connection, so you can use the headset with consoles. However since it uses two jacks, one for audio and one for PC microphone, you lose the mic.
When you look at the design alone of the G230’s, you can understand why Logitech is such an award-winning brand. At the sub-R1K bracket, you will get more than decent performance, but not extreme. This is exactly where the G230’s are placed, and if anything, in their bracket, the headset performs above the average. It only struggles with extreme volume; anything under sounds clear, crisp and well-rounded. The performance is even surpassed by the design – which was clearly designed to last. If you are not looking for cordless, multi-channel surround sound, then you should be in the sub-R1000.00 bracket, and it would be a mistake not to consider the Logitech G230 headset.
If we had to give it a numerical score: 8/10
What I liked
- Performance versus price
- Designed to last
- Removable cloth ear cups
- Threaded chords
Not so much
- Drivers (understandably) not outstanding at extreme volumes
- Not designed for music, so at the price-point there are better for strictly listening to music
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